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11 June 2010- Dhaka, Bangladesh - Water supply by military in Old Dhaka: 1.8 billion people who have access to a water source within 1 kilometer, but not in their house or yard, consume around 20 liters per day. In the United Kingdom the average person uses more than 50 liters of water a day flushing toilets (where average daily water usage is about 150 liters a day. The highest average water use in the world is in the US, at 600 liters day.). (2006 United Nations Human Development Report) Photo Credit :Kibae Park/Sipa Press

The water crisis is a reality today for an increasing number of countries. Implementing SDG 6 – the ‘water goal’ – can bring development benefits and unlock long-term funding. However, many national governments are still struggling to decide what their next steps should be.

To deliver on SDG 6 targets, water experts and national decision makers need a strong enabling environment. To accelerated implementation, they also need to demonstrate to donors and their citizens that they are doing more than trying to “tick off” SDG 6 indicators: that they can effectively assess the current national situation and have addressed gaps and weaknesses with workable policies, frameworks and action plans.

This briefing sets out some approaches to developing enabling environments that are aligned with SDG 6 and that can keep countries on track to implement fully sustainable solutions.

Read the Policy Brief:
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Photo credit: UN Photo/Kibae Park